March 25, 2017
I began sewing at the age of 8 and have always loves to create my own projects. My Mom and Dad taught me to use my hands. Throughout my childhood, my parents let me explore all areas of creativity. I learned how to sew, embroider, crochet, knit, macrame’, tool leather, tie flies for fishing, draw, use a potters wheel, made jewelry, did beading painting, and even did some woodworking. They pretty much encouraged me to try everything. Some things I did well, a lot of other things, not so well, but thank you to my parents for letting me try it! It always seemed that whatever I tried or did, I always came back to fabric!
I have always loved the thrill of figuring out how to do something easier or faster or different to make it fit my own needs and personality. I LOVE to applique’ as well as piece. Playing with color and touching the fabrics has always been fun for me and I feel a great sense of satisfaction creating quilts and items from my favorite medium. There is just something about fabric that makes me happy!
I purchased American Quilting, a little quilt shop that had only been open for a short time in 2004. Three years after that we had to move to another location. We bought our own space where we have now been for the last 11 years. My shop is a well-rounded shop with something for everyone. I carry several genres of fabrics, and we teach a lot of classes.
In 2006 I started my pattern company called Under the Garden Moon and I love the creating part of this business. I love to share what I create, and hope someone learns something whenever they make one of my patterns. I have grown over the years and feel like I learned to not be afraid to try something new or scary.
A new division of my pattern line is ThreaDoodlydoos. These patterns incorporate hand embroidery, mixing of textiles and fun embellishing.
I have 8 children J (haha – 4 of them married my kids), 16 grandchildren and I have been married to my cute and supportive hubby for 38 years.
Amy McClellan – Under the Garden Moon – American Quilting